Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father's day gift guide, collage

Father’s Day is just a week away! Here are over 20 gifts that might be just right for him…

  1. The Life and Love of the Sea, filled with some of the most stunning underwater photographs he’s ever seen.
  2. Punt e Mes Vermouth is an aperitif with aromas of toffee and cloves and a soft bitterness that dates back to 1870 in Carpano, Italy. He can sip it straight, with an orange peel, or use it to make the best Manhattan or Negroni.
  3. Likewise, an intoduction to all things Amari—bittersweet, herbaceous liqueurs.
  4. TOMs newest slide with a rubber sole—perfect for summer bike rides with his kids or date nights with you.
  5. Fossil makes a lovely Smartwatch Hybrid, if he’s not into looking quite as sporty-tech as the square Apple face but still wants activity tracking and notifications. (Also this Samsung Galaxy Watch)
  6. Overnighted Oysters. (or maybe just this shucking set and book to reference his love of them?)
  7. That just-right western chambray shirt he will look so ruggedly handsome in. (Sizes are limited, so here’s an alternative.)
  8. New York Times Explorer to indulge his wanderlust and show appreciation for his boundless curiosity.
  9. A hat to make him smile.
  10. This Donegal Cashmere Sweater is soft and comfortable (but not too slouchy).
  11. Barbarian Dayswhether or not he’s a surfer. One of President Obama’s summer reading picks a few years back, Finnegan’s memoir won a Pulitzer prize and was said by Sports Illustrated to be “like reading Hemingway on bullfighting; William Burroughs on controlled substances; Updike on adultery. . . . a coming-of-age story, seen through the gloss resin coat of a surfboard.”
  12. JCrew’s best-selling men’s piped poplin pajamas pair well with french toast.
  13. Filson bags are a classic, just like him. Oil finished, rugged twill cotton and bridle leather—their water repellant briefcase bags are not cheap, but will last forever. (This one is a bit less.)
  14. Minimalist playing cards (in black or white) for game nights.
  15. A Self-watering terracotta pot from Swedish designer Nils Plöjel for his desk.
  16. Pizza Camp and a Baking Steel (for the best homemade pies you can make in a standard oven).
  17. With the promise of beach days to come, a Pendleton Harding beach towel.
  18. An all-purpose field jacket. Bonus: the pockets on these make them great on air travel days.
  19. It’s hard to go wrong with a remote-control helicopter—they remain my favorite go-to gift suggestion ever. These are the “world’s smallest.”
  20. Of course, if the dads in your life are anything like the ones in mine, they tend to buy themselves the things they need. So consider an ACLU Contribution in his name: “Defend free speech and the right to protest; Fight relentless attacks on reproductive freedom; Reform our racially-biased criminal justice system.”

And experiences make great gifts, too—like his favorite breakfast with a note saying why he’s the coolest and that you love him.

What are your best father’s day gift ideas? 

P.S. Last year’s Father’s Day Gift Guide. And my picks for him around the holidays. Both lists are still relevant, too!


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